September has been proclaimed by President Barack Obama as "National Preparedness Month". Our nation founded "National Preparedness Month" following the terrorist attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001.
The purpose of "National Preparedness Month" is to help citizens and communities recognize the need to be adequately prepared for all types of emergencies. Emergencies, as history has shown, can happen any time and anywhere without notice. Households, businesses and organizations of all kinds should prepare in the event an emergency strikes our community.
Preparing for such emergencies includes being self-reliant for three days without utilities, electricity, or water and perhaps without access to local stores or supermarkets for food.
Preparing starts with four important steps: be informed about emergencies that could happen and identify sources of information in the community that can assist before, during and after an emergency. Make a plan for what to do in an emergency. Build an emergency supply kit with essentials to survive for three days and, finally, get involved by monitoring preparedness websites and information available free of charge.
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a commitment from the entire community. The Harford County Department of Emergency Services is available to assist citizens throughout Harford County with questions or concerns regarding emergency preparedness.
We also encourage everyone to add their home, work and cell phone numbers to the Harford County Emergency Notification System by clicking the "Sign Up Now for Notifications" icon on the main web page or by contacting the Department of Emergency Services at 410-638-4900.
For additional storm and emergency preparedness information visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at http://www.harfordpublicsafety.org.
Russell J. Strickland
Director, Harford County Department of Emergency Services